State Senator Kelly Joins Shelton Students to Participate in Read Across America Day

March 28, 2011

Today, State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-21) joined millions of students and participants around the country in celebrating Read Across America Day.

Senator Kelly visited the students of A Child’s Garden located in Shelton where he read ‘The Foot Book’ by Dr. Seuss.

“I am pleased to partake in the Valley’s Read Across America celebrations as reading is one of the most valuable gifts that we can give our children,” said Senator Kelly. “It is a skill that they will take with them and use each and every day of their child and adult life. Participating in events such as these are excellent ways to encourage children to learn and be excited about developing literacy skills.”

The March 28th event marked the Valley’s third consecutive year of participation in Read Across America Day. This year’s event was organized by the Early Childhood Task Force of the Valley Council for Health and Human Services and with assistance from the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance.

Read Across America, which started March 2, 1998, is sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA), Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. and more than 50 national partner organizations. Drawing over 45 million children and participants nationwide, it is an annual event aimed at getting kids of all ages excited about reading. Children in every community across the country are called on to celebrate with reading sessions throughout the month of March, which is also Dr. Seuss’ birthday month.

Senator Kelly remarked on the importance of celebrating the work of Dr. Seuss by stating, “This event is a great reminder of all that Dr. Seuss has provided us with. His literature and children’s books give us stories and useful life lessons that we can pass down through generations of children to come.

“Read Across America is exactly the type of program all children need to succeed and I look forward to participating again.”

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